What was the reasoning behind the downgrades? No one seemed able or willing to explain. Photograph: Getty Images

Have we reached a Cambridge Analytica-type inflection point with algorithms? The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal made alarmingly real the secret(...)

Peter Geoghegan contends that the money was channelled to the DUP through the official Vote Leave campaign. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Longford-born journalist Peter Geoghegan was sitting in a train carriage in Newcastle just before the Brexit referendum in 2016 when a quest began to (...)

US whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials by video during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in 2014. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of privacy and data protection, 2019 was another bumper year of issues, arguments, frustrations and weary resignation, eased by a (very) few (...)

The heightened attention to the vast amount of data Google already holds to support its consumer advertising business prompts inevitable questions about how information belonging to companies such as Ascension is treated. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

A whistleblower reveals a secret transfer involving the personal data of tens of millions of people and a big tech company. Expressions of outrage fol(...)

Snapchat and Instagram are already strong rivals. Photograph: iStock

Shares in the owner of Snapchat tumbled more than 7 per cent to their lowest in nearly four months after rival social media group Facebook said it was(...)

Mark Zuckerburg said the company was undertaking ‘major structural changes’. Photograph: Getty

Facebook has agreed to pay more than $5 billion (€4.48 billion) to settle its cases with US regulators over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The(...)

Facebook is under investigation for allegedly sharing user data inappropriately with Cambridge Analytica

The US federal trade commission (FTC) approved a roughly $5 billion (€4.4 billion) settlement with Facebook Inc this week over its investigation into (...)

European  competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels in July 2018. Photograph:  Getty Images

 “Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up (https://iti.ms/2ID4ElB)” stated the headline on a Reuters story this month, immediat(...)

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

After years of criticism, Facebook said on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a(...)

The HSE was the worst performing of six national health service websites surveyed by eprivacy firm Cookiebot.

Users of Health Service Executive web pages about sensitive topics such as HIV, crisis pregnancy and cancer mortality are having their data “continuo(...)

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